Cohen wins Pankey scholarship

cohen_paula“My hands and mind were made for dentistry,” Paula Cohen, UF DMD Class of 2017

Congratulations to Paula Cohen, a member of the UF DMD class of 2017, who was one of three winners nationally of the L.D. Pankey Dental Foundation’s fourth annual Dr. Donald C. Ozzie Asbjornson Scholarship competition. The scholarship provides complimentary registration to Pankey’s Annual Meeting in Key Biscayne in September as well as a stipend for travel, an approximate value of $1,250. Recipients are also paired with a mentor throughout the three-day conference.

“I’m certain I wouldn’t have been selected for this award if it weren’t for the incredible support I’ve received the last three years from UFCD,” Cohen said.

“This is wonderful recognition for Paula. She has worked very hard and it is thrilling to see her efforts acknowledged this way,” said A. Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H., dean of the UF College of Dentistry.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Donald C. Ozzie Asbjornson who was influential in shaping so many young dentists’ minds. The purpose of this scholarship is to support the dentists of tomorrow and encourage a culture of lifelong learning.

“The greatest gift we could give to the next generation of dentists is a chance to experience the confidence, peace of mind, and fulfillment that only a Pankey Institute experience can provide. We congratulate our 2016 winners and are honored to have such a stellar group representing the best of our nation’s dental schools. We look forward to showing them that they too can achieve the goal of creating a comprehensive, relationship-based, patient-centered practice,” said Ricki Braswell, president and CEO of The L.D. Pankey Dental Foundation.

L.D. Pankey Dental Foundation

Founded in 1969, the L.D. Pankey Dental Foundation is the only nonprofit advanced dental education organization. Located in Key Biscayne, Florida, The Pankey Institute one place has a world renowned faculty of practicing dentists and dental technicians who help participants gain the clinical, leadership, management and human influence skills necessary to succeed in dentistry today and throughout their careers. It was the first institute of its kind and remains among the most prestigious in the world, attracting dentists from more than 40 nations. Over 25,000 dentists, dental laboratory technicians, and specialists have attended its courses and now serve millions of patients worldwide.